Meet the Artist Wine and Cheese Social: Beth Slater

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The Kenwood Retirement Community

I paint to express thoughts and feelings through emotional abstraction, utilizing color as a primary form of communication. I am interested in how we interpret, encourage and hide from feelings; how we convey them, how we embrace them and how we hold onto them. My background has taught me much about Meaning. For several years I worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on legislative social issues, and for several more years at the United Nations Association communicating humanitarian plights to business leaders. In both experiences, I examined topics that are typically easier to turn from than to focus on. Going through 9/11 just twenty blocks from Ground Zero had an enormous impact on me. I knew that I would take all these feelings that simmered within and eventually pour them out, creating a body of work.